Ryan Taylor has said that he is hoping to earn a new contract when his current one ends in the summer.

“I have got to try to earn a new contract, which is always in the back of my mind.

“I am thirty years old now and I just want to enjoy my football again.”

The versatile midfielder/defender has had a desperate time with injuries and has only started one Premier League match since appearing in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland on 4 March 2012.

To sum up how long ago that feels, the likes of Peter Lovenkrands, Danny Simpson and Danny Guthrie were involved that day as well.

If it was only down to good character and recognition of his spirit in adversity, then a new contract would be a no-brainer for the scouser.

However, if you leave those things to one side, then it is surely down to how Ryan Taylor fares in the remaining three months of this season.

The one Premier League match that Taylor has played since March 2012 was the one goal win over QPR this season, though the player himself was forced off on 34 minutes for what was said at the time to be a precaution.

Happily, Taylor was back in action on Saturday as a substitute for Daryl Janmaat who is a doubt for the Villa match himself after picking up a groin problem.

A big part of me thinks so what if they give the likeable versatile player another year or whatever, as it just means a little less for Mike Ashley at the end of the day.

However, if this club is going to stand a chance of progressing and common sense belatedly breaks out in the running of Newcastle United, then a player turning 31 in August surely has to prove in these 12 matches that he deserves another contract based purely on his ability and availability.

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